About BPI

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) is the nation's premier standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy auditing and upgrade work.  BPI is helping build an industry and create a workforce through professional certification, company credentials, home energy rating systems and quality assurance services.

As a BPI Certified Professional you will be recognized as being a member of the elite level of Contracting Professionals.  You will know how to improve energy efficiency while providing important safety functions such as mold prevention, carbon monoxide testing, and combustion appliance safety checks.  As a ThermalStar BPI graduate you will also have the know-how to prepare homes for solar, geo-thermal, or other types of energy upgrades.

BPI's nationally recognized credentialing program identifies individual excellence in house-as-a-system evaluation, diagnostics and installation.  Strict technical standards mean that ThermalStar graduates are in demand - from homeowners, state and utility energy efficiency incentive programs and weatherization assistance programs.

Be an expert in your field. BPI training teaches you the fundamentals of home performance evaluation, home performance assessments, building envelope and HVAC testing and more. Using the house-as-a-system approach, you can properly prioritize problems to offer your customers the best return on their investment.

You’ll be able to trace problems to their root causes, prescribe real solutions and get the job done right—the first time. With happier clients, you’ll get fewer callbacks, more referrals and more profit.

BPI Standards are always developing. In order to stay on top of your skills and evolving home performance research, we require that you to get re-certified every three years from the date you become a Certified Professional. We want to make sure you’re incorporating current practices on the job. A minimum of 30 CEUs means that you can waive taking the BPI written examination again and only have to take the BPI field examination. We will let you know that your certification is due to expire at least 60 days before the date.

Employers want people who know what they’re doing. As a Certified Professional, you can prove that you’re already an industry expert, working in accordance with nationally recognized BPI Standards and have passed both the BPI written and field practical tests to achieve professional certification. Also keep in mind that BPI Accredited Contractors need to employ a certain number of Certified Professionals— another opportunity for you. In addition, your BPI Certifications belong to you and stay with you wherever you go.

As a BPI Certified Professional, your work must conform to the BPI Standards for your chosen field(s). Since you are doing the front-line home performance contracting work, your diligence will be what differentiates your company from others in your market. Every time you start a project, we need you to ensure that all systems in the house have been considered and that your work does not compromise the health and safety of the occupants or the crew on the job.

You can leverage your Certification to build a stronger, more credible name for yourself. Use the BPI logo to back your sales efforts and differentiate your work from the competition based on proven performance. When people notice your Certification and realize that your work meets stringent standards, your reputation strengthens as a professional contractor.

When you work with an Accredited Contractor, we give you and your customers peace of mind with our Quality Assurance Program. The third-party verification service conforms to BPI Standards, ensuring that your work is up to par and that no other systems in the home were damaged or adversely affected. After the inspection is complete, you get feedback to keep you sharp and to help you improve.

Educate your customers and help them make informed decisions. Teach them how their house works and how you can make it work better. At the beginning of each job, you should clearly outline the benefits of comprehensive home assessments and solutions.

From the house-as-a-system approach, it’s smart to conduct certain tests before you start the job, during the job and after its completion. This will ensure that the promised improvements are made and other areas of the house aren’t adversely affected by your work. In-and-out testing is required for your customers’ peace of mind. While you don’t have to do a complete building assessment for every project, the option should always be offered to the customer. Please note that because safety is a high priority, we provide a laminated copy of health and safety testing requirements outlined in the BPI Standards.

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